What’s On

What’s On

1st - 9th April, 2022 - 10 performances - Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre BOOK NOW READ THE PROGRAMME

Ever wanted a second chance? Ever wanted to go back to the beginning?

Alternating between chaos and calm are four humans dancing for their lives and times. They’re pushing through with an open-hearted, full-bodied tackle of our ‘not-listening’, ‘not-seeing’ human traits. They’re looking out from the prison of their worldview onto breathtaking landscapes. They’re swinging between exertion and exhaustion. They’re messing up their island, their minds, their world. Mostly, care eludes them. Audiences bear witness as these crash test dummies ride their highs and their lows towards glimpses of agency and, ultimately, another chance to arrive again.

Driven by outstanding professional contemporary dance, Human Ba La La has one eye on our pasts and the other on our here and now. This stirring Tasmanian premiere harnesses the visual and narrative power of film, sound, set and lighting to live performance by international dancers in their prime and back on shore.

Great Southern Dance Artistic Director Felicity Bott leads a company of highly skilled artists to integrate the filmed beauty of local landscapes with space-transforming design. Human Ba La La has a full-length original score by exceptional Tasmanian composer Dean Stevenson with lighting and film by established audio visual designer Nicholas Higgins. Set is by nationally recognised designer for theatre and dance, architect Paul Wakelam and story is woven with respected dramaturg Christine Best.

Audiences will enjoy this exhilarating performance depicting raw challenge, aching vulnerability and exuberant human tenacity

Great Southern Dance ‘takes place’ now, opening new terrains of performance.

– Professor Dorita Hannah.
Human statue by Simon Gilby

Great Southern Dance pays its respects to the original owners of the land upon which we work, the Muwinina and the Mumirimina people, who did not survive British Colonisation.

We acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community as the continuing custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and honour Aboriginal Elders past and present. We value their history, culture and resilience and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

lutruwita milaythina Pakana - Tasmania is Aboriginal Land

Inheritance by Simon Gilby 2021